Dying into Life

What Faith Reveals

In my early twenties I found myself reduced to living in a twenty-five-foot trailer in a tiny, dying town in far West Texas. There was a certain unresonant symmetry to the experience, as I had lived in the trailer as an infant, along with my older brother and our almost-infant parents. By the time of this second residence, the trailer was in my grandmother’s backyard, where my great-grandmother had lived for thirty years until her death in 1990. My grandmother’s sister...

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About the Author

Christian Wiman’s most recent books are Every Riven Thing (2010) and Stolen Air: The Selected Poems of Osip Mandelstam (2012). An interview with him appears in the May 2, 2014, issue of Commonweal